World Blood Donor Day : A Heartfelt Appeal

World Blood Donor Day : A Heartfelt Appeal

World Blood Donor Day : A Heartfelt Appeal

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Every year, on 14th June, we unite across the globe to celebrate World Blood Donor Day, a day dedicated to raising awareness about the vital need for safe blood and blood products.

This year, Ruby Hall Clinic Wanowrie proudly joins millions worldwide in recognising the selfless act of blood donation and its crucial role in saving lives. The theme for this year, “20 Years of Celebrating Giving: Thank You Blood Donors,” highlights the profound impact that blood donors have had over the past two decades.

THE LIFESAVING IMPACT OF BLOOD DONATION

Blood donation is a simple yet powerful act that can make a profound difference. Each donation can save up to three lives, as it is divided into red cells, plasma, and platelets, each serving distinct medical purposes. From surgeries and trauma care to cancer treatment and managing chronic illnesses, the need for blood is constant and ever-present. Every two seconds, someone in the world requires blood. Despite advancements in medical science, no synthetic substitute exists for human blood, making voluntary donations essential.

Dr. Snehal Mujumdar, Director, Blood Transfusion Services, Ruby Hall Clinic, highlights the direct impact of blood donation, “Each unit of blood donated can be separated into its components—red cells, plasma, and platelets—each of which can be used to treat different patients. This means a single donation can touch multiple lives. For patients suffering from severe anaemia, cancer, or undergoing major surgeries, blood transfusions are often the difference between life and death.”

She also notes the importance of regular donations. “Blood has a limited shelf life. Red cells can be stored for up to 42 days, platelets only 5 days, and plasma can be frozen for up to a year. Therefore, regular donations are crucial to maintaining a steady and sufficient blood supply.”

OVERCOMING MYTHS AND FEARS

Despite its importance, many potential donors are held back by myths and misconceptions about blood donation. One common myth is that donating blood is painful and time-consuming. In reality, the process is quick and relatively painless, typically taking about an hour from start to finish. The actual blood collection only takes about 8 minutes.

Another common concern is the fear of feeling weak or faint after donating. While some donors may feel slightly lightheaded, this is usually temporary and can be mitigated by staying hydrated and eating a healthy meal before donating.

Dr. Madan Dang, COO, Ruby Hall Clinic Wanowrie, emphasises the importance of this day: “We envision a world where no patient’s treatment is delayed due to a lack of blood. World Blood Donation Day is not just a reminder of the crucial role that blood donations play in healthcare but also a celebration of the generous individuals who step forward to donate. It is a remarkable act of kindness. It’s a simple way for each of us to make a profound difference. Every drop counts.”

LOOKING TO THE FUTURE

As we commemorate World Blood Donor Day, let us remember that the gift of blood is the gift of life. By donating blood, you are making a profound impact on your community and beyond. Join us at Ruby Hall Clinic Wanowrie in celebrating this day and become part of the lifesaving legacy that blood donors create.

For more information on how to donate blood or participate in our events, please call 020-66494949 Together, we can save lives, one donation at a time.

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